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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2008

Fighting Irish To Say Aloha To Sheraton Hawai¹i Bowl
Notre Dame to play in Honolulu for the first time in 11 years

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  For just the second time in school history, Notre Dame
will be playing a bowl game in Hawai¹i.

The Fighting Irish (6-6) will face Hawai¹i (7-6) in the seventh annual
Sheraton Hawai¹i Bowl on Dec. 24, the NCAA announced Sunday evening.

"We¹re very excited about heading out west to play in the Sheraton Hawai¹i
Bowl," head coach Charlie Weis said. "This is a great opportunity for our
team to face a quality opponent in their backyard and we¹ll need to be
ready.

"I know the extra practices this month will really benefit our team and we
look forward to ending this season on a good note."

This will be the fourth trip to Hawai¹i in the football program¹s history.
The Irish lost to SMU in the 1984 Aloha Bowl, 27-20, and played at Hawai¹i
in the regular season finales in 1991 and 1997. Notre Dame won both previous
meetings with the Warriors, 48-42 in 1991 and 23-22 in 1997.

Site of the game is 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai¹i. ESPN
will nationally televise the game at 8:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. HST in
Honolulu).

Notre Dame will be making its 29th bowl appearance overall and its fourth in
the past five seasons. The Irish played in the 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl, the
2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the 2004 Insight Bowl. Notre Dame is 13-15 in
postseason play.

Hawai¹i will be making its ninth bowl appearance since becoming a Football
Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I) member in 1974. The Warriors are 5-3
all-time in bowl games and have received seven bowl berths in the last 10
years. Hawai¹i played in last year¹s Sugar Bowl and has also played in the
Aloha Bowl (1989), Holiday Bowl (1992), O¹ahu Bowl (1999) and the Hawai¹i
Bowl (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006). The Warriors are 3-1 in previous Hawai¹i
Bowls, losing in 2002 (36-28 to Tulane) but winning the last three (54-48 in
three overtimes vs. Houston in 2003, 59-40 vs. UAB in 2004, and 41-24 vs.
Arizona State in 2006).

Tickets will go on sale Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. EST at the Notre Dame
Ticket Office and are also available by calling the Notre Dame Ticket Office
at (574) 631-7356 or online at www.und.com/tickets
<http://www.und.com/tickets> .

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